Pacific Aria Cruise Review by Astro Boy
- Sail Date: December 2018
- Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Little slow boarding, but no problems were dropped off in car park.
Once on board went to room to discover had been set up for 4 people not a double! Staff said they would fix it, two bags in front of door for people unknown but with our room number on them? Anyways it was fixed later in evening, so all good except no face washers or tissues and cupboards door falling off and cupboards full of blankets etc...
Cyclone Owen caused lots of high swells for few days and strong winds which meant we missed Hamilton Island.
Made it into Cairns for an overnight stay. It's amazing how the cruise lines ( all of them) can arrange arrival times that make you miss by 5 minutes any chance of getting onto an outer reef trip unless you book onboard at $60 more than price ashore. AND ship leaves next day one hour before outer reef trips return to Cairns....amazing...
Wet weather meant the Kuranda Rail was not running for the two days we were in port.
Willis Island visit was good and sunny, interesting.
Ship activities were the usual, however, the trivia was won by same group of retired woman 95% of the time ( even music trivia etc ), obviously they always do it as ship crew knew the names of the woman. It really sucks, and most people were cheesed off big time.
Food at Pantry was good as usual - with the usual being sometimes cold food and overcooked bacon etc to watch out for. But variety was good.
Italian and Asian restaurants were also good, but booking can sometimes be difficult especially for last few days.
Waterfront didn't try as too many past experiences of slow service and crap food.
Entertainment staff were generally good and Cruise Director Kabir was young but very dedicated and tech. savvy, He said he was Canadian with Indian ( as with India ) parents, he loved dressing with smart Indian attire.
Dancers and guests performers were very good, no complaints there.
Ship is well setup ( past Holland America Ship) and rooms are good size. Theatre is a bad setup at top level, the seats stick into your back and you cannot see the stage very well unless you are in the front. Downstairs is OK.
Wine is a rip off ( minimum $9.50 a glass) , beer is average cost ( from $6).
There was no bargains at the shops, everything was well overpriced including alcohol at same price you could buy it at BWS or any outlet in Australia. ( Price is half when ship goes to Port Vila ).
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